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GLENN: Going to Cleveland and Chrissy. Hello, Chrissy, welcome to the Glenn Beck program

CALLER: I used to be a scumbag and now I'm a mom of three.

GLENN: Hello, scumbag, welcome to the program.

CALLER: I have never in my life gone online, met a stranger and then invited them over to my house to watch TV. And my husband's looking at me like I'm walking around in a Wookie costume.

GLENN: Yeah.

CALLER: And I just need some reassurance that Friday this isn't like the Guinness Book of World's Record attempt for the world's largest punt because my husband will never let me live this down.

GLENN: I will tell you, nowhere did I have to tell you that your husband may be onto something, nor did I suggest that you get people -- you know, you go to a website and just start calling people and saying, "Come over to my house." That may not be the best idea.

CALLER: Well, no, I'm going to meetup, it's all through meetup. I'm Chrissy from Worcester and you're invited to watch TV. And I don't know, there's something a little odd about that, but I'm in for it. But my husband thinks I'm an idiot.

GLENN: You very well may be. Did you have any -- are they invited over to your house?

CALLER: Yes.

GLENN: Did you have any --

CALLER: I have a cool house.

GLENN: -- conversations with these people?

CALLER: Yes, I did.

GLENN: Do you know anything about them?

CALLER: Yes.

GLENN: What do you know about them?

CALLER: I called them on the phone. Still, it really isn't sanity, you know.

GLENN: This really is on the edge. Stu?

STU: Chrissy, they have things called restaurants. You can meet them at a public place. You don't have to invite --

CALLER: Oh, you haven't seen my children in a restaurant. That would be awful.

GLENN: Really?

CALLER: Besides, I have a totally cool house. So --

STU: I'm sure it's cool.

GLENN: I'm sure that makes it even better for the people you are inviting to come over from the website!

STU: Have you ever watched 20/20? You are talking about, don't worry, it know at about big deal that I'm inviting people over to my house because it's a great house.

GLENN: Don't worry, it's totally cool. I've got so much cool stuff!

STU: I have so much stuff that can fit in their pockets.

GLENN: They are going to love it. Well, I -- the safe I'm going to leave open, I just have oodles of cash there. They can look at all the pictures of the presidents.

CALLER: (Laughing).

GLENN: Jeez.

CALLER: You are going to have a good show, right? This is a --

GLENN: I hope we're going to have a good show. Now the pressure's really on. We've got Chrissy in Cleveland who's, you know, being robbed and tied up, you know.

CALLER: Well, just, you know, I'll be 85 at the nursing home and my husband's going to be, "Remember that time you invited all the weirdos to the house?"

GLENN: Now, is he going to be home?

CALLER: (Laughing).

GLENN: No! I'm taking that as a no.

CALLER: (Laughing).

GLENN: Chrissy, Chrissy, go out this week and buy yourself a gun. Trust me.

CALLER: I have some.

STU: Let me ask you this, Chrissy. Does your home happen to have the word "Institution" after it?

CALLER: Actually my home used to be a school, like a big school.

STU: What is going on in the background? Do you have a zoo? This is the craziest phone call I've ever heard.

CALLER: It does look rather institutional.

GLENN: Okay, but it's cool.

STU: What?

GLENN: Chrissy?

CALLER: Yeah.

GLENN: I'm going to put you on hold.

CALLER: Okay.

GLENN: I'm going to get your name and address because I need you to sign a release form when you try to sue me for all the things that could happen next week.

CALLER: Well, you'll get my children.

GLENN: Oh. No, no. No, no. Hey, maybe you could sue me for my children. Chrissy, thank you so much for calling and best of luck.

CALLER: Thank you very much.

GLENN: I mean that, really.

STU: The Glenn Beck program does not advise you to invite random people over to your house with no protection.

GLENN: I want you to know I never suggested that. That's insanity.

Let me go to Randy in Kansas City. Hello, Randy.

CALLER: Thanks for taking my call.

GLENN: You bet.

CALLER: Chrissy, is it okay if I bring my goat? No, seriously, Mr. Beck, I want to thank you for what you're doing. I was one of the ones that was ready to unplug after the first of the year. I had had enough. You've given us some hope with WE Surround Them and what you're doing and your sense of humor, which is a little odd at times. But that keeps us listening. I don't know how you do it day in and day out. I know you made that comment a couple of months ago. It would drive me nuts. But I am impressed and I want to thank you for what you are doing.

GLENN: Well, thank you very much. It is -- I do it because this is my, this is my part just like you do your part. We all have to do it. We all have our role to play. We're all here for a reason. I'm lucky enough to have a great staff and great people and great listeners. But I tell you, this project that we're really unveiling next week, this is the opportunity, as I see it, this is the opportunity for you to be able to have a way to connect, a way to vent, a way to, you know, move, a way to do the things and figure out what you believe and connect with other people. And that's really what it's going to come down to is just a couple of basic points. You know, what do you believe and how many people believe it with you; are you alone. And the answer is you're not alone but you right now I think are surrounded by a lot of people that think they know what they believe but their feet aren't in cement because nobody's poured cement around those feet for a very long time. You know, I'm -- how old are you, Randy?

CALLER: I'm 48.

GLENN: Okay, I'm 45. So, you know, we're basically the same age. When we grew up, they already weren't really teaching history. But what they're now teaching is so far away from the truth, you just wouldn't even recognize it anymore.

Did anybody hear the story of the books in California where they are now favoring Islam over Christianity? I mean, it's amazing. And we look at our culture and we say, well, why are we in so much trouble.

CALLER: Well, now, what about -- they were all hollering about separation of church and state.

GLENN: No, it's just Christianity and state really.

CALLER: Oh, okay, I'm sorry.

GLENN: That you will it really is.

CALLER: My bad.

GLENN: Look, how many times -- do you have kids, Randy?

CALLER: Yes, sir, I have one.

GLENN: Okay. How many -- if I had a dollar for every time I had a parent call me or write me and tell me that their kids had to do a Ramadan thing where they had to dress up, they had to go through some of the rituals, they did this, you know, they talked about fasting and everything else, if I had a dollar, well, I'd probably only have about $100. But the point is I hear it all the time. And I don't have a problem with that. I have no problem with that. But don't tell me that we can't sing a song about the baby Jesus being born at Christmastime.

CALLER: You know, one of the things that I have noticed, it seems like a lot of the liberals, they put emotion over logic. There's a young black lady that I work with -- I'm a blue-collar worker -- she made the comment that us white guys are screwed everything up. And I was absolutely dumbfounded. I had no reply on that one.

GLENN: Well, I will. It's either tonight or it's going to be Monday on the TV show, but I have a response to that one and I'll share it with you then.

Let me just leave you with this. Everybody is working on emotion right now and that is the point. We've got to root ourselves in principles. If you don't know what your principles are, if you're running, you know, you're running a 7-11 and the back has to be cleaned up and everything's got to be stacked up, if you didn't know what your principles were, if you walk back there and you said, "Everybody, we've got to clean this up! The boss is coming, quick! Clean this up!" If you didn't know what your principles were, everyone would go and clean that up. Meanwhile there would be people stealing from the front of the store or you wouldn't be making any sales because your principle had been forgotten that we are here to sell things to customers. You've got to know what your principles are and then order things based around those principles.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.